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Taking care of my sisters while mom is in jail; need help w/ clothes and school supplies
My mother was arrested and put in jail about six months ago. I'm only 20 years old, but I took my two younger sisters to live with me. They are 3 and 12 years old. Three months after they came to… Read more
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Alexis, Melissa's validator, shares her gratitude Sep 27, 2012
Hi - I just want to thank everybody who helped contribute to Melissa's need. We went and dropped off all the clothes and school supplies on Friday. Melissa and both of the girls where so excited to have what they need for school. And the little one was incredibly excited to have new shoes. Thank you so much for helping to change their lives and make a difference.
Melissa with school clothes and supplies for her younger sisters Sep 27, 2012
I just want to thank everybody for everything you have given to us. I really appreciate it, it's going to be a really big help. So, thanks so much.
I need clothes and shoes for my two little sisters and school supplies for the one who is in seventh grade. This includes shirts and pants, nightgowns, size nine toddler shoes, size six shoes and school supplies for my one sister who is in the seventh grade.
Meeting this need will help me because I really can't afford to get the girls what they need. They deserve to have clothing that fits them, shoes that go on their feet, and supplies for school. It's just so hard to get them what they need. I know in a few months my mom will be back, and we will be better able to take of everyone, but right now, I really need help.
Meeting this need will help me achieve future goals because it would help the girls and be one less thing on my plate. I want to work in early childhood education, so I don't mind taking care of my sisters, but things are really hard financially.
Since my mom was arrested, my little sisters have grown a lot. The 3 year-old has grown out of all of her clothes and shoes. My 12 year-old sister needs things like a calculator and school uniforms.
Right now, my biggest challenge is trying to get around with the three children and get them the things they need. I don't have a babysitter or anyone to watch the kids. I took the girls because no on e else would take them, and they need someone. They shouldn't go into foster care. I love them a lot, and I'm the closest to them in age. But this is very hard.
I really think things will get better in the next six months, but right now we are really having a hard time. My sisters deserve to have what they need, but I can't provide everything for them.
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My job title is Pro Bono and Staff Attorney. I have been in this position since April of 2012. My work involves helping incarcerated mothers, formerly incarcerated mothers, and the caretakers of their children. What I like about my job is I get to see families brought together.
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I have known Melissa's mother for several months. We begun meeting with her in the jail after she attended one of our classes. We quickly learned about her wonderful daughter, Melissa. After speaking with Melissa several times, we invited her to our offices and spent time with her, her daughter, and her little sisters.
I think meeting this need is important because these are children who are truly at risk. If Melissa hadn't stepped up to care for her sisters, they would have done into foster care. Instead, Melissa is raising them with a lot of love and warmth. However, things are hard. Melissa is only 20 years old, and she has her own three month old baby, she was evicted from her home because of her mother's arrest, and now she is raising her 3 year-old and 12 year-old sisters. They children need clothing as the weather gets colder. They need shoes that fit. With all they've already been through, they shouldn't have to worry about having a sweater or socks.
This will move the recipients life forward by allowing her to concentrate on the other things she needs until her mother is released from jail in a few months. She has her high school diploma, and her next goal is to go into early childhood education. Not worrying about her sisters having clothes or school supplies will help her to move to those next steps.
We meet a lot of families, and they are all very deserving. I have to say, though, Melissa is one of the sweetest young women I've met. She cares so very much and deeply for her little sisters. She stepped up when no one else would. I've watched her clean their faces, make sure they have food, and tear up when describing how badly she wants then to have the clothing they deserve. Meeting this need would mean so much to them. Thank you very much for helping them.